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Tesla’s High School Pathway program is quickly solving their recruiting problems. It attracts high school graduates who don’t want to choose between pursuing further education and immediately entering the workforce. Apprentices can “earn and learn” in the program, beginning full-time positions at the Tesla Gigafactory and enrolling in relevant coursework at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Through these efforts, Tesla is gaining and keeping local, eager talent. High School Pathway graduates are set up for careers in automation and robotics. They gain valuable industry credentials and are led to additional educational opportunities and other exciting roles at the company.


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Knit Studios

Knit Studios is an architecture firm that values giving back. It has been able to boost its community involvement through partnering with education in a variety of ways. Over the past 10 years, its architects have participated in elementary school classroom visits, job shadowing, mentoring, internships and teacher externships.

Lead Architect Michelle Duranleau mentors high school students in American Institute of Architects (AIA) design competitions, in which her students have won multiple design awards. She warmly added, “They’re all winners.” Michelle said the best part of nurturing STEM education is seeing students succeed. “It puts a warm light in our hearts to know we’ve been a part of that path.”